Saturday, November 14, 2015

Nothing bizarre about this holiday bazaar

The Springfield Senior Center Christmas Bazaar is not your average cookie-cutter fundraiser. There's the annual Famous Cookie Walk — four long tables filled with 100 dozen home-made cookies.

Terri Emerson, director of the Springfield Senior Center, displays one of many home-decorated coffee cans that will be filled up with cookies on Nov. 21 when the center holds its annual Christmas Bazaar fundraiser. — ALLAN STEIN

Nothing bizarre about this holiday bazaar
Senior Center fundraiser a sweet attraction
By Allan Stein

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Senior Center Christmas Bazaar is not your average cookie-cutter fundraiser.

There's the annual Famous Cookie Walk — four long tables filled with 100 dozen home-made cookies, and holiday decorated coffee cans that you can buy and then fill with cookies to the brim.

"You can pick out whatever you want. We've got peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cream-filled cookies, decorated cookies — all kinds of cookies," said Senior Center Director Terri Emerson.

The popular fundraiser takes place Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the senior center, located at the Springfield Community Center at 139 Main St.

Emerson said the bazaar and cookie walk form one leg of a triad of major fundraisers the center sponsors each year to help support the center.

This year, the ceramics department will be creating and then selling holiday theme mixing bowls, casserole dishes and other items at the bazaar.

The holiday bazaar started around five years ago, and is based on a similar event the United Methodist Church in North Charlestown has been doing as a yearly tradition, Emerson said.

Senior Center members decorated 43 large coffee cans for this year's cookie walk, including six small trays and 38 small coffee cans. The large cans go for $6, the trays for $5, and the small cans for $3.

Aside from the wide assortment of cookies, the bazaar will feature a homemade luncheon of hot chicken and biscuits, soups, chowder, sandwiches, salads, desserts and more.

Emerson said she baked nine dozen of her favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, "because I love them myself."

Turns out lots of people love the home-made cookies, including area hunters.

"The funny thing is we have some hunters who come in at 9 a.m. and they'll take the cookies hunting with them," said Emerson.

In addition, the bazaar will feature a number of vendors selling handmade gifts from primitive pieces, to jewelry and ceramics.

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